Board of Directors
|Seamus Doherty (Chairperson) Seamus Doherty is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, an Associate of the Institute of Taxation and holds an MSC from Trinity College, Dublin. Seamus has extensive international banking experience having lived and worked in the USA, Singapore, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Seamus qualified as a chartered accountant in 1977 and worked as a Computer Systems Design Specialist and Computer Audit Specialist with Arthur Andersen, progressing to Senior Management Consultant (Financial Specialist) with Coopers and Lybrand & Co in 1980. In 1984 Seamus began working for AIB and fulfilled the roles of Head of Computer Systems, Vice President (USA Investments), Financial Director (Capital Markets), Regional General Manager and General Manager over a 34 year period. Presently, Seamus has established his own business specialising in Management Consultancy, Corporate Finance and Real Estate. Seamus was the keynote speaker at the Financial Times and Institute of Economic Affairs conference.|
|Eamon Gavigan (Vice-Chairperson) Eamon is an auctioneer and a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI). He has 24 years experience in the property industry both in Ireland and the UK. He worked for Barrett homes in London where he earned vast experience in new home sales, part exchange transactions and dealing with housing associations. Returning to Ireland in 1999 he joined an auctioneering firm as new homes Director overseeing numerous new housing schemes in the Navan area. Currently Eamon is a director of DNG Royal County auctioneers covering all aspects of residential and commercial sales and rentals. He is a past president of Navan Chamber of Commerce and is currently a secretary treasurer of BNI solstice.|
|Christopher Oakes (Company Secretary) Christopher Oakes is a Quantity Surveyor working in the building Industry for more than forty five years. His early years were with the Sisk organization in Africa and Dublin, subsequently he joined Cormac Murray Building Ltd as a Surveyor, becoming a Director three years later. Following the economic downturn in the eighties, he spent six years in London in the Bovis organization as a Divisional Surveying Manager. On Returning to Ireland in the early nineties he joined Duggan Brothers Contractors in the role of Marketing Manager and Chief Surveyor based in their Dublin Office. In 2005 he set up his own development consultancy business and works principally with a Dublin based Developer on projects in Ireland and the UK as Construction Director, but with particular emphasis on locating sites and evaluating their potential. He is a member and past President of both Navan Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Navan.|
|David D’Arcy (Chair of Housing & Development Committee) David D’Arcy is a resident of County Meath and is a housing consultant working predominately in the London affordable housing arena. His role is to seek out and appraise new business opportunities for mostly London based housing organisations. David has over 25 years’ experience of private finance led social housing association development. David has first class experience of risk assessment and good governance in practice. In connection with governance he was the first person from the Housing Association sector in the UK to be seconded to the Housing Corporation (the then regulatory authority), managing a team of staff who oversaw the development activity of Housing Associations. He also has valuable experience of initiating and implementing an asset management strategy for another large Housing Association and is regularly assisting small to medium sized housing groups with option appraisals on how to get best value out of their existing stock portfolios. David worked in Dublin in 2003 and 2004, initiating and managing a social economy enterprise in the North Inner City.|
|Daragh O’Sullivan (Chair of Finance & Audit Committee) Daragh O’Sullivan is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. He has an extensive financial and general management background spanning twenty years and a broad range of experience working in property management and manufacturing industries. He is the owner and managing partner of Lowes Legal Costs Accountants, Director of O’Sullivan Property Management and former Finance Director of Keeling’s Fresh.|
|James Pike James Pike is an architect and was a founding partner in Delany Mac Veigh and Pike, which was set up in 1964. This practice evolved into O’Mahony Pike in 1992. He has played a major role over more than 40 years in urban planning and housing in Ireland, but has also been involved in major educational, office, retail, hotel and industrial projects, and in projects in the UK and North Africa. He has played a continuing role in the RIAI since the 1960’s culminating in the presidency for 2006–2007. He is currently Chairman of the Irish Architecture Foundation and a founding member of the Urban Forum. He currently contributes to the many urban design projects in the practice, and a number of architectural projects, and has promoted a number of research projects with the Urban Forum and on sustainability issues with DIT and UCD since the 1980’s. He has played a major role in several publications including “Dublin City in Crisis”, “New Housing” and “New Housing in Context”. He wrote the pamphlet “Living over the Shop” for Comhar, the Forum for Sustainable Development, has presented papers at many conferences, written articles for the press and is frequently interviewed for the broadcast media. James became Chairperson of the Túath Housing Board of Directors in May 2013.|
Marian Jennings Marian Jennings holds an LL.B from Trinity College, an LL.M from Queens University Belfast and a Diploma in Employment Law from University College Dublin. Marian is a Solicitor and has a long standing involvement in and commitment to matters of homelessness and housing, having been a soup run volunteer with Dublin Simon for six years, as well as having served as a member of the Dublin Simon Board, Governance Sub-Committee and Staff Sub-Committee. Marian regularly attends seminars and workshops on issues relating to social housing, company directors and employment law compliance. Marian became Chairperson of the Túath Housing Board of Directors in 2010 and has served for 3 years.
|Patricia Goan Patricia has over 23 years experience in the housing and property sector, working in key positions with responsibility for new business, development, partnership working and operations. Patricia has worked within the statutory, private and not for profit housing sectors in both Ireland and the UK and provides consultancy services to housing providers and developers. She began her career with a London local authority managing the private sector leasing portfolio and since then has worked on large scale voluntary stock transfers, regeneration, major fund capital investment programmes, private finance, sales and leasehold management. Patricia has held senior positions of director and CEO with a number of approved housing providers in Ireland. She is currently a Director with Innisfree HA in London.|
|Tanya Egan Tanya Egan is a commercial property solicitor with over 15 years’ experience. Tanya has worked on behalf of lending institutions in identifying and rectifying title issues. Tanya has a great deal of experience in acquisition of high volume units for social housing purposes, by way of purchase and also by long lease arrangements, facilitated both through privately raised and government sourced funding. Tanya is from County Tipperary and has worked for most of her career in Dublin.|
|Kerry Anthony Kerry Anthony has worked for Depaul since 2005 as the Director of Services and since 2007 as the Chief Executive. She has been working in the field of homelessness for many years in a variety of settings and roles, in London, Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast. She holds a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management. Kerry is particularly interested in how to use leadership roles to ensure that there is continued innovation in service provision and to address and break the cycle of social exclusion. At 35, Kerry was made an MBE in the 2010 Queen’s New Year Honours list.|
Paddy Gray Paddy is Professor of Housing at the University of Ulster. He is an established academic and is a leading authority on housing in the UK and Ireland. He has wide experience of academic and applied research and has over 200 publications on housing related issues. He has acted as Expert Advisor to government and regularly sits on strategic panels. In 2010 he was appointed the first ever Irish President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). He has extensive experience of the voluntary sectors and is Chair of Northern Ireland housing association, Connswater Homes, and is a Board member of a number of local and national charities and groups. Paddy has conducted recent research to include work on the private rented sector, void property management, the evaluation of floating support services in NI, the evaluation of the Home Improvement Agency, the cost of building social housing in rural areas, the evaluation of accommodation standards for travellers, studies on integrated housing, and sustainable communities, social housing allocations, and the governance of Housing Associations.
He was awarded a Distinguished Community Fellowship at the University of Ulster for outstanding work in the community. Other recent awards include honorary Fellowship of RICS, Belfast Ambassador of the Year for 2014 and Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience for the UK 2015. Bringing his impressive record up to date, Paddy secured the European Network for Housing Research for Belfast 2016.